Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Rotterdam ship Dordrecht, built in 1655

There were apparently more than one ship built by the Admiralty of the Maze to some rather odd dimensions. At a time when the charter for 40 gun ships was nominally 130ft, the Admiralty of the Maze built ships that were approximately 128ft, in Amsterdam feet. One of these ships was built at Rotterdam in 1655. This was the Dordrecht, or Wapen van Dordrecht. This is a ship for which we have dimensions in both Maas feet and Amsterdam feet:
The ship Dordrecht, built at Rotterdam in 1655

Maas feet: 117ft x 29ft-3in x 12-1/2ft
Amsterdam feet: 127ft-7in x 32ft-5in x 13ft-3in, height between decks 7ft-4in

42 guns (16 March 1665): 10-18pdr, 18-12pdr, 10-8pdr, 4-6pdr

Crew: 160 to 208 men, at different dates

  1. Ron van Maanen, unpublished manuscript "Dutch Warships 1600-1800", undated but circa 1992

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